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Pottery: red-figured cup. INTERIOR: symposiast. A youth reclines on a couch seen from the back. He is shown in back view with his raised right knee splaying to the right. He wears a himation (two line border) around his waist and legs and has a red fillet in his hair. He rests on his left elbow, with a bunch of drapery tucked under his arm and showing on the left. He holds out a small cup in his right hand: it is seen from underneath, the foot in his hand, the body black, the handles and rim reserved. On either side of the head of the couch projects the end of the cushion against which the youth leans. On the left is a three-legged table, underneath which is suspended a food basket (red tassels below). Above the youth hangs a cup, seen from underneath; on the left hangs a footed oinochoe. The couch rests on a large reserved exergue.
Border: alternating false maeander (ten-stroke, alternately clockwise and anticlockwise) and blackened cross-square (cross-square omitted at 3 o'clock).
Relief line contour throughout (double for hair); added red for inscriptions.
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Diameter: 8 centimetres (of foot plate)
Diameter: 14.40 centimetres (of tondo)
Diameter: 19.70 centimetres
Height: 9 centimetres (restored)
- Curator's comments
- CVA British Museum 9
Bibliography: Hartwig Μ 608-10 and 686 no. 41, pl. 67, 4; Hoppin i 282 no. 69; AV 205, 44; ARV 291, 174; Bloesch FAS 100, no. 37; ARV2 443, 227 and p. 1653; Wegner Duris 83-4; Para 375; Beazley Add2 240; Buitron-Oliver Douris no. 102.
Attributed by Hartwig to Douris; placed by Beazley in that artist's middle period (period 3, Hippodaman) and by Buitron-Oliver in her Middle I. Potting attributed by Bloesch to Python. The foot is certainly a Python foot, but it is possible that it does not belong.
For early discussions of the rear view of the couch see Beazley in Studies Robinson ii 75 with note. It is seen on two other cups by Douris (Vase Ε49; and Florence 3922, ARV2 432, 55). It is also found on some Brygan cups (e.g. ARV2 372, 38; 402, 12). A rear view of a couch is seen on an earlier cup by Epiktetos in the British Museum (Vase E38: ARV2 72, 16; M. Robertson, MüJb 27  37 fig. 10 with p 40-1) and on one of the fragments of a very early calyx-krater by the Kleophrades Painter (Copenhagen 13365 fragments: ARV2 185, 32; CVA Copenhagen p. 259, fig., the missing fragment). There are still earlier fragments in the collection of Dr. H.A. Cahn that also preserve a couch seen in rear view (Basel, Cahn 680 fragments; Attische Meisterzeichnungen: Vasenfragmente der Sammlung Herbert A. Cahn, Basel [Freiburg, Oct. 1988-March 1989] 8 no. 25; see further D. Williams New Perspectives 292 with fig. 8 [one fragment only]). It is possible that the idea was developed by a Pioneer like Euphronios.
A second cup decorated inside only with the figure of a symposiast (not end-on) is to be found in a Centre Island private collection (attributed by D. von Bothmer).
The drawing of the cup that the symposiast holds out is particularly unusual. Cups with black bodies and reserved lips are occasionally seen in the works of other artists (e.g. AKV2 339, 57, Antiphon Painter). For cups seen from underneath, see Vase E49.
On Hippodamas see ARV2 1585 and Beazley Add2 395-6: he is praised on cups by both Douris and Makron and is usually presumed to be the strategos of 459/8 BC.
- On display (G20a/dc2)
- Made up from fragments; stem modern, foot may belong; left handle missing, together with two rim fragments; surface weathered.
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- Greek and Roman
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